Memorial Drive Reopens as Lake levels Fall
North Bay, ON – June 19, 2019 – Memorial Drive has been reopened to traffic following the removal today of auxiliary pumps from the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The pumps, along with temporary piping, were brought in several weeks ago to assist in the discharge of fully treated wastewater due to operational challenges caused by high water levels on Lake Nipissing.
The Plant typically relies on gravity flow for the discharge of treated effluent. The pumps were used at times when water levels were too high to assist the plant in operating as it normally would. The situation has since improved with the lake level falling to 196.31 meters, down from more than 196.50 meters earlier this month.
Municipal boat launches at Sunset and Champlain parks are also now open, along with the trail that extends from Marathon Beach to Gorman Street.
The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority has now terminated the Flood Warning for Lake Nipissing, reducing it to a Flood Watch. A Flood Watch notifies that the potential for flooding exists. Although water levels are trending down, water levels on Lake Nipissing remain higher than normal, affecting the lower reaches of the La Vase River, Parks Creek and Jessups Creek. Levels have lowered enough for NBMCA to shut down the Parks Creek Backflood Control Structure and reopen the Eva Wardlaw Conservation Area today.